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Going Vintage 

by Lindsey Leavitt

Going VintageMallory has just been cheated on by an online girlfriend. Yes an online girlfriend. She comes to terms with her situation by de-modernizing her life, which means no computer, cell phone, or even an alarm clock. She gets inspired when she finds her grandmother's list from 1962 of new school year resolutions. With the help of her friends, sister, and surprisingly cute cousin of her ex, she figures out that in any generation being a teenage is always complicated.

I honestly really liked this book, because it was very refreshing (and comical) to read a story about getting rid of the one thing the teenage generation views as a necessity for life. I loved the humor and awkwardness that came with this book and often thought "What would I do in this situation?"

I think any teenager could relate to this book and the complications we would all have if someone suddenly yanked our iPhones out of our hands. It's one of those books that has a resolution/happy ending and this book makes it work, so therefore you should read it.

Audrey, 16

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Along for the Ride 

by Sarah Dessen

Along for the RideIn Along for the Ride, Auden is a very serious and driven teenager who is about to go off to college, after she spends the summer with her dad, his new wife, and her new half sister. What she expects is a very long and uneventful summer, however instead what happens is she meets a group of people who change her perception on all of the choices she has ever made.

This is one of my favorite Sarah Dessen books, just because I can relate to it. The characters all have their own unique traits to them and when put together it creates this jumble of personalities that all around fit well together.

I would most definitely recommend this book because of it's outlook that you should not judge people based on their appearance and how you should maintain a healthy balance between school and your social life. I know some might think Sarah Dessen books are overrated, but honestly this book deserves to be read.

Audrey, 16

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Trackers 

by Patrick Carman
03/26/2014 Categories: action masterminds sci fi technology

TrackersAdam Henderson is a total technology whiz. He spent most of his early life creating software and gadgets. Then later, he meets some friends who are admitted to his secret world of technology. When he stumbles across some codes that turns out to be messages regarding his personal life, information that he's never told anyone, he decides to tell his friends what's going on. In this high-tech game of cat and mouse, the Trackers find out that they are in a deep mess, more than what they bargained for, and there's no way out.

It was a good book, with lots of high-tech software, gadgets, and suspense to keep me entertained

I would recommend this to anyone who likes technology and government-related books.

Hieu, 14

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To Kill a Mockingbird 

by Harper Lee
03/26/2014 Categories: classic court battles deep south racism rape

To Kill a MockinbirdThat one famous line "It's a sin to kill a mockingbird" has captivated millions of readers. In this book, it's the innocent versus the guilty and the notion that the guilty prevails over the innocent in some cases. A black man is accused of raping a white woman while really, he is innocent. But with the times being what they are, he has no chance of being tried at a fair trial. Narrated by a young girl who experiences all of life's twists and turns, this book will keep you turning pages until the last word is read.

It was a really good book that made me really think about how life worked. It captivated me with its world of innocent vs. guilty and wrong vs. right.

I would recommend this book to everybody. It is one of those books that make you really think about the unfairness of life while touching your heart at the same time.

Hieu, 14

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Champion 

by Marie Lu
03/26/2014 Categories: action dystopia plague romance sci fi war

ChampionIn this third and final book of Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, all hell breaks loose. The Republic and its new, young leader Anden doesn't have a clue what to do when the Colonies break the peace treaty between it and the Republic. Meanwhile, the Republic's best and only hope, Day, is slowly dying. It's a race against time as Day, June, and Anden try to find a solution to make peace with the Colonies and bring an end to the long-lasting war.

It. Was. Epic. There was plenty of action and suspense, mixed in with a few unexpected twists to the story. This book captured me in its world and kept me turning its pages day and night.

I would recommend this book to anyone, not just people that like this type of genre. It is another of those books that is just plain awesome.

Hieu, 14

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Vortex 

by S.J. Kincaid
03/26/2014 Categories: action sci fi suspense virtual reality

VortexEver wanted to have a computer in your head that allows you to do practically anything? Well, now you can (in a way.) In this futuristic book, Tom Raines and his friends are 99.9% human, with that 0.1% being part computer. They are part of a government branch that helps the military defeat the Russo-Chinese in World War III. There are many friends and enemies along the way (some more than others.) Then Tom is forced to make a decision between betraying his country and saving his friends. What will he decide? Read Vortex to find out.

It was very good. It had a lot of action, witty humor, suspense, and just plain awesomeness.

I would recommend this book to anybody, not just the people who like sci-fi. It is just that good.

Hieu, 14

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The Savage Fortress 

by Sarwat Chadda
03/26/2014 Categories: action adventure india supernatural

The Savage FortressAsh Mistry is a British schoolboy who takes a vacation to India. His uncle, Vik, is an Indian archaeologist who travels around India digging up aritfacts and translating unknown languages. When his uncle gets a one-time job translating a language for a multi-billionare who gives him a 2 million pound check, Ash knows there's something wrong. After a brief accident and plenty of after events to scare him out of his wits, Ash finds out that things are not what they seem to be. 


It was good, with a lot of Indian mythology behind it. There was plenty of action for an action guy like me and it was pretty interesting overall.

I would recommend this book to anybody who likes mythology and action.

Hieu, 14

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Brave New World 

by Aldous Huxley
02/01/2014 Categories: classic dystopia identity


Brave New World tells the story of life in the World State, a new civilization in which everything appears to be perfect. It follows Bernard a social outcast, Lenina a woman who follows the rules, and John the Savage who cannot understand how they can live in a world without love, and without free will.

I did not really enjoy this book; at times it was hard to understand what the author was trying to say. The tone of the novel was also really dark, and the book ends in a very disturbing way.

I would not really recommend this book based on my preferences - the plot did not really interest me.

Daisy, 17

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Where the Mountain Meets the Moon 

by Grace Lin
02/01/2014 Categories: folktales
 

​Minli is a young girl who lives in a poor village on Fruitless Mountain. Her father always tells stories while her mother wishes to be rich. One day, Minli meets a goldfish who tells her about a mysterious old man known as the Old Man on the Moon who knows everything and will answer her questions (as Minli wants to find out how to change her family's fortune.) She sets out on a quest to find him, encountering many friends and stories along the way. But the Old Man on the Moon can only answer one question, and Minli has several, along with a friend's one question. What question will she ask?


It was good book, in a cultural sort of way. There wasn't really a lot of action in the story, but plenty of folktales. It didn't grab my attention as other books did.

Hieu, 14

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Okay for Now 

by Gary Schmidt
02/01/2014 Categories: realistic fiction

Okay for Now14-year-old Doug Swieteck's life isn't all that great. He just moved to a new town, has no friends, all the adults in the new town think of him as a 'skinny thug', his father doesn't care about his family, and his brother is a delinquent. How worse can life get? Things start looking up when he meets a pretty girl named Lil Spicer and experiences the wonderful world of the local library.

This book was really good, especially as it's about turning your life around and being a better person than what people see you as. Okay for Now is perfect for people who like books that make you think and have a little attitude in it.

Hieu, 14

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Beyond Lucky 

by Sarah Aronson
02/01/2014 Categories: sports

Beyond LuckyAri Fish is a middle-school soccer goalie who is really superstitious about luck. He is envious of his friend Mac MacDonald, who seems to have all the luck in the world. But all of that changes when he finds a super-rare Wayne Timcoe soccer card. Now, he is the one who has all the luck in the world while Mac messes up time and time again. But the question is: will his luck last?

This book kept me up all day and night. Sarah Aronson's writing style made me believe that I was actually in the book, a spectator watching all of the events unfold as if it were real. This book is perfect for soccer fans, superstitious people, and people who enjoy a good read.

Hieu, 14

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Bittersweet 

by Sarah Ockler
12/07/2013 Categories: love triangles romance

BittersweetHudson lives in a small town in New York, waitressing at her mom's cafe. Before, she was an up-and-coming ice skater, but now she's known as the Cupcake Queen of her small town. One day, she literally runs into a cute guy from the hockey team, who asks her for ice skating lessons. Can she whip the bad boy hockey team in shape as well as revive her long dead dream of figure skating?

There's a bit too much going in this book. First, Hudson's an ex figure skater,
as well as being a Cake Boss-worthy baker. Then, apparently, she's still reeling from her parents' divorce as well as split from her ex-best friend. Then, she's also caught in between two different guys from the hockey team. So much little stuff is happening, that Hudson seems a bit too fictional. Also, the romance is okay, but slightly forgettable.

I recommend this to girls who are looking for clichéd, light romance novels. Be
warned, however, this book contains cupcake descriptions that will create
saliva waterfalls in your mouth.

Kristine, 15

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Stolen 

by Lucy Christoper
12/07/2013 Categories: kidnapping

Stolen

A girl gets stolen by a cute guy with seemingly good intentions and taken to the Australian outback. Much of the novel is written as a letter to the girl's captor after she escapes, and how she subsequently copes with form of Stockholm Syndrome.

Obviously, because of its subject matter, Stolen was a very gripping story to read (Christopher's an amazing author). However, since the book is essentially just a flashback, the beginning is a bit hard to get through since it takes a bit of exposition to get to the really dramatic scenes.

I think most people will enjoy this book. I found Stolen very interesting to read, especially the parts related to Stockholm Syndrome. It may be a bit hard to really get into at first, but in the end, I think it was a good read.

Kristine, 15

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Eleanor and Park 

by Rainbow Rowell
12/07/2013 Categories: romance

Eleanor and Park

A cute indie book about first love. Eleanor and Park are two somewhat star-crossed lovers trying to navigate through their relationship.

Everybody seems to love this book. I can see why, but I think the hype is way too large. Nevertheless, it is a very charming book about first love, and a lot of the writing seems really genuine..

I think teen girls will definitely like this book, since it has a lot of "squee!!" moments. Plus, Park, the main guy, seems so cute and nice.

Kristine, 15

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The Fault in Our Stars 

by John Green
12/07/2013 Categories: movie romance terminal illness

The Fault in Our Stars

Hazel Grace is a girl who has stage four thyroid cancer. Hazel finds that she is battling herself and has a hard time living. Once Hazel meets Augustus Waters, everything changes for her.

I really liked it because once you get to know Hazel and Augustus, you begin to love these characters. Right from the beginning, you can tell they are made for each other.

I would recommend this book to anyone who feels like reading about a little romance and a bit of a tragedy. The Fault In Our Stars is life changing and will change the way about how you see the world.

Jacki, 17

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